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Merck’s COVID-19 Antiviral Pill Receives WHO Recommendation For High-Risk Patients – $MRK $DIA

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, the World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel has backed the use of Merck & Co Inc’s (MRK) COVID-19 antiviral pill for high-risk patients. The expert panel conditionally recommended the pill, molnupiravir, for patients with the non-severe disease with a high risk of hospitalization, such as the unvaccinated, immunocompromised, older people, and also those with chronic diseases. The recommendation came based on new data from six clinical trials involving 4,796 patients.

The recommendations from the WHO’s Guideline Development Group (GDG) help doctors to provide the best care for patients in situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel informed that young and healthy patients, including children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not be given molnupiravir due to potential risks such as defects in a developing fetus, as reported in animal studies.

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(Read Original Story: WHO recommends Merck's COVID pill for high-risk patients in Reuters)


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